MORTAR & PESTLE, TAN STONE: LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA, 19. Weight: 1 lb 12.3 oz. An unusually deep mortar uncovered on private land just north of La Jolla, California in the 1880s. One of several found in the 19.
The mortar shows great skill in carving and it maintains the integrity of a personal, though a tad heavy, grinding bowl. Ancient dings/nicks along rim; abrasion-scrape marks along bottom. The pestle is a hard, dark stone with clearly carved cylindrical features. Near the top is a slight indent, no doubt from generations of sweat/hand pressure holding this stone. The location of the find is extremely interesting.About a mile off the La Jolla Beach Club property, at the bottom of the sandy bottom are dozens of stone bowls/mortars. While protected by California archeological laws, one can hover above while diving to see these impressive bowls. All indication is that they were carved on Catalina Islandsome 20 miles westand were in the process of being transported to land. Something happened and the load apparently dumped into the sea.
Catalina was a hotbed of stone bowl carving. Along the southern shore are ancient quarries with just the right type of stone to carve. These artifacts have been found up/down the western California shore and several miles inland. This bowl has the very stone composition found on Catalina and was probably and early transport to some coastal community.
This is a fine, definitely utilized mortar & pestle from Californias prehistory. The item "MORTAR & PESTLE, TAN STONE LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA, 19TH CENTURY FIND" is in sale since Friday, December 04, 2015. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "saltrento" and is located in Lafayette, Colorado. This item can be shipped to United States, to Canada, to United Kingdom, DK, RO, SK, BG, CZ, FI, HU, LV, LT, MT, EE, to Australia, GR, PT, CY, SI, to Japan, SE, KR, ID, to Taiwan, ZA, to Belgium, to France, to Hong Kong, to Ireland, to Netherlands, PL, to Spain, to Italy, to Germany, to Austria, IL, to Mexico, to New Zealand, SG, NO, SA, UA, AE, QA, KW, BH, HR, MY, TR, CL, CO, CR, PA, TT, GT, HN, JM.